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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 226)

SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND EVANGELIZATION – 2

October 18, 2017

Today’s readings:
2 Timothy 4:9-17
Psalm 145:10-18
Luke 10:1-9


A basic requirement for understanding the New Evangelization is knowing that evangelization engages us in spiritual warfare. We actually confront a powerful enemy and battle him for souls. It is not just opposing the many ills in society and the world, but a whole horde of evil spirits who dominate the life of the world.

Jesus gives his disciples their marching orders: “Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk 10:3). The way to salvation, the way to victory over the evil one, is the way of the cross, in the model of our Lord Jesus, who was the sacrificial lamb. In the same way, we are sent as lambs among wolves. We are to be pure and innocent as doves in the midst of ravaging forces that seek to destroy us.

In this spiritual war we will be bruised and bloodied. At times the enemy might even be within, with so-called brethren and co-workers opposing or deserting or betraying us, as Paul experienced (see 2 Tm 4:10,14,16). How do we cope? How do we survive and thrive? We look to the Lord, who gives us strength for mission and protection from the enemy. “But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, …. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” (2 Tm 4:17a,c). For what purpose? “So that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.” (2 Tm 4:17b).

So an authentic work of evangelization, which automatically engages us in spiritual warfare against a formidable foe, is very difficult and challenging. We can only succeed in the strength of God. We must realize this, and be humbled by our nothingness but at the same time seeing the reality that we are called to do divine work. And God will be there for us. “The Lord supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Ps 145:14).

We are those who are bowed down.

  • Bowed down in worship before our God.
  • Bowed down in humility as we take the lowest place as servant leaders.
  • Bowed down as holy warriors who are assaulted and pummeled by the enemy.

And the Lord will raise us up.

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